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'Stamp Out Hunger' postal food drive set for Saturday

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Letter carriers from across Indiana will help to Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday May 10, as a part of their 22nd annual food drive benefiting the state’s food banks.

Nationally, the postal worker’s Food Drive has collected more than a billion pounds of food during its 21 year history.

Locally the Duneland postal workers have participated in the “Postal Food Drive” for the past 20 years and have been able to donate approximately 95,000 pounds of donations to the local Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry.

“Our letter carriers are on the streets and in the community every day and they see firsthand how families are struggling to put food on the table,” said John Tripplett, president of the Indiana NALC, “These are not only our customers, they are our neighbors and friends, and we are proud to help in this worthy effort.”

The donations collected will be given to the Westchester Neighbors Food Pantry. Distributions will be made to those who need a helping hand in our community.

Residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10. The food pantry is also in need of donations for use on a regular basis in the home. Items donated could include toilet paper, paper towels, tooth paste, dish soap, bar soap and diapers.

The public is asked to leave donations in a bag near their mailbox. If residents could leave their donations out early, volunteers will be picking up items around 10 a.m. This will help get the food to the food pantry volunteers early for sorting.

Please do not leave any glass items for pick-up.

Donations can also be brought to the Chesterton Post Office if needed.

During the years the Chesterton Post Office has participated in the Food Drive the Duneland community has been very generous, and postal carriers are hoping that this year will be no exception. A heartfelt thank-you is extended to residents, volunteers, city carriers, clerks, rural carriers, and sponsors for the hard work and support that they provide to make this day such a success.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

 

 

Posted 5/8/2014